The Wizards overcome some sloppiness in the final minutes to hang on and beat the Pelicans, 92-85. The win snaps the Wizards three game losing streak and the team finishes 2-3 in their first extended road swing of the season.
John Wall recorded his 20th double-double of the season scoring 15 points to go along with 12 assists. Pierce, Gortat, Humphries, and Miller also scored in double figures in this game.
The Wizards looked focused straight out of the gate, shooting 5-9 from the field. This team looked determined to go back home on a winning note. John Wall had six assists in the quarter and also played some nice defense turning the Pelicans over twice in the quarter and slamming one home on a breakaway dunk. The biggest concern was their interior defense. New Orleans scored their first 16 points of the game in the paint; might I add that the Anthony Davis was scoreless in the quarter. That is just simply unacceptable.
The reserves started the 2nd quarter and were able to stretch the lead to 10 at the 8:52 mark. Andre Miller threw three alley oop dunks with the Rasual Butler and Otto Porter converting on two of the three. The bench started the game 10-13 from the field and had opportunities to blow the game open.
Tyreke Evans’ hot shooting would prevent the Wiz from blowing this one open. Whenever the Pelicans needed a bucket, Evans was there to hit a shot and keep the team hanging around.
Early into the 3rd quarter, John picked up his league leading 20th double-double of the season on a assist to Paul Pierce for a jumper in the lane. Right from the start of the quarter, it was clear that the Wizards wanted to take advantage of Nene’s size over Anthony Davis and ran most plays through him. Davis was unable to guard Nene one-on-one as he was too powerful. The Wizards adjusted their offense once the Pelicans started doubling Nene in the post. Once again, Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans had nice quarters scoring 11 and nine points respectively, preventing the Wizards from running away with this one.
The 4th quarter was “Miller Time.” Old man Andre Miller took Austin Rivers to school shooting 4-4 from the field in the quarter including a nice fade away over Rivers. Miller’s buckets came at crucial points in the game as the Wizards were having trouble scoring for stretches in the 4th quarter.
As stated before, some sloppiness from John Wall in the last few minutes of the game kept the Pelicans in this one but they were never able to take the lead. The Wiz end the road trip 2-3 and come back to Verizon where they will welcome the Knicks who have lost 12 straight.